Christmas and Children

christmas-nativity-scene-1 We Christians are on the cusp of celebrating our God’s birth from the Virgin Mary. Yes, the Second Person of the Trinity took on human flesh in the womb of His mother to become one of us. Christians confess that in Jesus all things are made new and all life is sacred to be protected and nurtured whether in the womb or outside.

In His incarnation Jesus was united to our human flesh, and never was Jesus less than fully human while in the womb. This understanding of the incarnation leads Christians to proclaim the intrinsic worth of life from conception on. As Jesus tells us: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (Jn 10:10) and; “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (Jn 15:13). The fulfillment of these words is found on Good Friday but first, Jesus had to be born.

Our nation grieves at the murder of twenty-six people in Newtown, CT, eighteen of whom were innocent and defenseless little ones unable to defend themselves. As Christians look forward to the birth of God’s Son as an infant, we grieve that the lives of these children were snuffed out! And with all we cry, “why?”

Answers are sought by professionals who look to; mental illness, absent fathers, violent video games, a drug culture and more. Supreme Court rulings kill people as well—fifty-three million and counting. Will anyone look to January 22, 1973, when the Court legalized the killing of the innocent and defenseless in the womb? Will the professionals be able to detect a pattern?

When abortion was legalized many warned that such a ruling would desensitize us to the value of human life. And so it has. If life is not sacred in the womb what does that say about life outside the womb? In February 1997 at a National Prayer Breakfast in DC, Mother Teresa stated:

“… if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”

“Any country that accepts abortion, is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what it wants.”

 [In Memory of Mother Teresa, >>http://www.gargaro.com/mother_teresa/quotes.html<< (Accessed December 19, 2012)]

Jesus sees the pattern. That is why He came into our world to save us from ourselves, which is to save us from our sins. That is why we hallow His birth on Christmas Day. Thirty-three years later Jesus paid the penalty for our sins on the cross and subsequently gave up His Spirit. Then he rose bodily from the grave on the third day. In repentance we have the forgiveness Jesus offers which covers all sinners, as well as you and me.

May Jesus comfort those who grieve in anguish with His mercy and healing presence found in His Word and Holy Sacraments. Through faith in Jesus we are comforted with the knowledge that there will be a resurrection and a new heavens and a new earth. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Rev 21:4).

About Pastor Karl Weber

Karl has been serving St. Paul’s Richville LC and St. John’s, Ottertail, MN since Labor Day, 2004. He was raised in the Roman Church receiving his BA from Fordham University. Before going to seminary he was a computer programmer in Minneapolis. He served as a short term missionary in Guatemala and Kenya, East Africa. He spent time as a member of the ELCA and studied two years at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN pursing his M. Div. before transferring to the LCMS for theological reasons and continuing his studies at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. He was ordained in 1991 and earned his D. Min. in May 2002 from the same institution. He has contributed study notes to The Lutheran Study Bible. He enjoys deer hunting, going to the gym, swimming, and reading. He is married to Mary and has five wonderful children.

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Christmas and Children — 4 Comments

  1. Thanks you pastor for this message. The world chooses to understand children as commodity’s which may or may not take on their parents characteristics and wants to build marriage around what’s best for adults rather than sacrifice. Let us not forget the innocence lost here.

  2. Nice piece Dr. Weber. The only correction I would emphasize is that 26 innocents were killed last week. They were all defenseless. I grieve them all. Also, we cannot forget about Adam or his mother. Adam was not innocent but he did die. We must be careful to put a value on life. All life is precious.

  3. God was a zygoto! 1 cell! Mystery of mysteries!

    Is anyone innocent? What happened to original sin?

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